FEBRUARY 28

Proverbs 28:4: "They that forsake [reject or turn away from] the law [of God] praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them [vigorously oppose their sinful actions]."

FEBRUARY 27

Proverbs 27:9: "Ointment [an oil-based substance that is rubbed on the skin] and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth [does] the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel." [In other words, having a close friend we can confide in and receive good advice from makes us happy.]

FEBRUARY 26

2 Corinthians 9:1-2 [the apostle Paul, in a letter to the Corinthian church]: "For as touching the ministering to the saints [taking up a collection for the poor Christians in Judea], it is superfluous [unnecessary] for me to write [more] to you [about this subject]: For I know the forwardness of your mind [your readiness to help them], for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia [to the members of the church in Macedonia], that Achaia [the people who live in the part of Greece of which Corinth is the capital] was ready a year ago; and your zeal [enthusiasm] hath provoked very many [stirred them to action]."

FEBRUARY 25

Proverbs 19:22: "The desire of a man [to do good] is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar."

FEBRUARY 24

Proverbs 22:4: "By humility [not thinking that you are better than other people] and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour [honor], and life."

FEBRUARY 23

Psalm 25:15-18 [King David's prayer to God]: "Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD [looking to him for help];  for he shall pluck [pull] my feet out of the net [laid by the wicked]. Turn thee [turn your attention] unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate [alone, forsaken] and afflicted [tormented]. The troubles of my heart [my sorrows] are enlarged [great]: O bring thou me out of my distresses [physical or mental sufferings]. Look upon mine affliction [illness] and my pain; and forgive all my sins."

FEBRUARY 22

Exodus 34:14 [God, speaking to the Israelites through Moses]: "For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:"

FEBRUARY 21

Hebrews 3:13: "But exhort [advise, warn, caution] one another [fellow Christians] daily, while it is called
To day; lest any of you be hardened [in heart and mind] through the deceitfulness of sin [false promises of pleasure, profit, etc.]."

[Note: Albert Barnes has a good commentary on this verse. If you want to read it, click on the link (http://www.godvine.com/bible/hebrews/3-13) and scroll down to "Barnes' Notes."]

FEBRUARY 20

John 14:13 [Jesus speaking to his disciples at the Lord's supper]: "And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name [in faith and prayer, according to the will of God], that will I do, that the Father [God] may be glorified [honored, praised, worshipped] in [through] the Son [Jesus]."

FEBRUARY 19

1 Peter 2:18-23: "Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear [proper reverence and respect]; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward [wicked, unjust]. For this is thankworthy [acceptable to God], if a man for conscience toward God [who is acting according to his conscience concerning the things of God] endure grief [trouble, annoyance, abuse], suffering wrongfully. For what glory [honor or credit] is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults [are punished when you deserve it], ye shall take it patiently [without resistance or complaining]? but if, when ye do well, and suffer [reproach and persecution] for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye [born-again Christians] called: because [Jesus] Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps [imitate him]: Who did no sin [never sinned], neither was guile [deceit, hypocrisy, insincerity] found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled [insulted by others], reviled not again [did not insult them back]; when he suffered [injustice, beatings, etc.], he threatened not [did not threaten punishment or vengeance]; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously [God]:"

FEBRUARY 18

Psalm 105:1: "O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people [tell everyone what he has done]."

FEBRUARY 17

Proverbs 28:17: "A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person [intentionally commits murder] shall flee [run away] to the pit [to hide himself]; let no man stay [protect or help] him."

FEBRUARY 16

Isaiah 55:7: "Let the wicked [man] forsake [renounce or give up] his [evil] way, and the unrighteous man his [sinful] thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon [forgive]."

FEBRUARY 15

Proverbs 15:25: "The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border [protect the property] of the widow."

FEBRUARY 14

John 13:34 [Jesus, speaking to his disciples at the Lord's supper]: "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."

FEBRUARY 13

Ezekiel 28:25-26: "Thus saith the Lord GOD; When I shall have gathered the house of Israel [Jews] from the people [nations] among whom they are scattered, and shall be sanctified in them in the sight of the heathen [non-Jewish people], then shall they dwell [live] in their land that I have given [promised] to my servant Jacob [see note below]. And they shall dwell safely therein, and shall build houses, and plant vineyards; yea [yes], they shall dwell with confidence, when I have executed judgments upon all those that despise [hate] them round about them; and they shall know that I am the LORD their God."

[Note: According to an article (entitled "What is the land that God promised to Israel?") on GotQuestions.org, the land that God said belongs to Israel consists of  "… All of the land modern Israel currently possesses, plus all of the land of the Palestinians (the West Bank and Gaza), plus some of Egypt and Syria, plus all of Jordan, plus some of Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Israel currently possesses only a fraction of the land God has promised." Here's a link to the article, if you want to read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/Israel-land.html.]

FEBRUARY 5-12

2 Samuel 11:1-12:24 - David and Bathsheba

Chapter 11

Verses 1-5: "And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that [King] David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah [surrounded the city with armed forces]. But David tarried still [remained longer than intended] at Jerusalem. And it came to pass in an eveningtide [in the afternoon], that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. And David sent and inquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bath-sheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? And David sent messengers [to invite her to his apartment], and took her [there]; and she came in unto him, and he lay [had sex] with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness [her monthly period]: and she returned unto her house. And the woman conceived, and sent [a messenger] and told David, and said, I am with child."

Verses 6-11: "And David sent [a message] to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David. And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him [asked him] how Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered [was going]. And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah departed out of the king's house, and there followed him a mess of meat [a meal] from the king. But Uriah slept at the door of the king's house with all the servants of his lord, and went not down to his house. And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went not down unto his house, David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy journey? why then didst thou not go down unto thine house? And Uriah said unto David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? as thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing."

Verses 12-13: "And David said to Uriah, Tarry [stay] here to day also, and to morrow I will let thee depart. So Uriah abode in Jerusalem that day, and the morrow [next day]. And when David had called him, he did eat and drink before him; and he made him drunk: and at even [in the evening] he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but went not down to his house."

Verses 14-17: "And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah. And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him [leave him to himself], that he may be smitten [hit or struck by a sword, arrow, stone, etc.], and die. And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant [courageous] men were. And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell [were killed] some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also."

Verses 18-25: "Then Joab sent [a messenger] and told David all the things concerning the war; And charged the messenger, saying, When thou hast made an end of telling the matters of the war unto the king, And if so be that the king's wrath [anger] arise, and he say unto thee, Wherefore approached ye so nigh [near] unto the city when ye did fight? knew ye not that they would shoot [arrows and stones] from the wall? Who smote Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? did not a woman cast a piece of a millstone upon him from the wall, that he died in Thebez? why went ye nigh the wall? then say thou, Thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also. So the messenger went, and came and shewed [showed] David all that Joab had sent him for. And the messenger said unto David, Surely the men prevailed [were victorious] against us, and came out unto us into the field, and we were upon them even unto the entering of the gate. And the shooters shot from off the wall upon thy servants; and some of the king's servants be dead, and thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also. Then David said unto the messenger, Thus shalt thou say unto Joab, Let not this thing displease thee, for the sword devoureth one as well as another: make thy battle more strong against the city, and overthrow it: and encourage thou him."

Verses 26-27: "And when the wife of Uriah [Bathsheba] heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband. And when the mourning [seven days] was past, David sent and fetched her [had her brought] to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him [gave birth to] a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD."

Chapter 12

Verses 1-6: "And the LORD sent Nathan [a prophet] unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him [told him a story], There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds: But the poor man had nothing, save [except] one little ewe [female] lamb, which he had bought and nourished up [fed]: and it grew up together with him, and with his children [as a pet]; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter. And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to [decided not to] take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man [a man who is traveling by foot] that was come unto him; but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it [prepared it for cooking] for the man that was come to him. And David's anger was greatly kindled [stirred up] against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die: And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity."

Verses 7-12: "And Nathan said to David, Thou art [you are] the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; And I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things. Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine [your] house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun."

Verses 13-14: "And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin [forgiven you]; thou shalt not die. Howbeit [nevertheless], because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme [speak irreverently about God], the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die."

Verses 15-19: "And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife bare [gave birth to] unto David, and it was very sick. David therefore besought [begged] God [in prayer] for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth [on the floor]. And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them. And it came to pass on the seventh day [after birth], that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto [spoke to] him, and he would not hearken unto [listen to] our voice: how will he then vex himself [what will he do to himself], if we tell him that the child is dead? But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived [guessed or sensed] that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead."

Verses 20-23: "Then David arose from the earth [got up], and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel [clothes], and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped [God]: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat. Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread. And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead, wherefore [why] should I fast? can I bring him back [to life] again? I shall go to him [in heaven], but he shall not return to me."

Verse 24: "And David comforted Bath-sheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him."

FEBRUARY 4

1 Corinthians 10:20 [the apostle Paul, in a letter to the Corinthian church]: "But I say, that the things which the Gentiles [people who are not Jewish] sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils."

FEBRUARY 3

James 2:14-17: "What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith  save him? If a brother or sister be naked [clothed in rags], and destitute of [without] daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart [leave] in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone [in other words, genuine faith (without works) results in a person's salvation and brings about good works (as proof of salvation) through his or her obedience to God]."

[Note: Adam Clarke and Albert Barnes have good commentaries on these verses. If you want to read them, click on the link (http://www.godvine.com/bible/james/2-14) and scroll down to "Clarke's Commentary" and/or "Barnes' Notes." This link is for verse 14; you can go forward from there to read the other verses.]

FEBRUARY 2

Proverbs 8:11: "For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it."

FEBRUARY 1

Philippians 3:20 [Paul and Timothy, in a letter to the saints, or born-again Christians, at Philippi]: "For our conversation [citizenship] is in heaven; from whence [where] also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ [to return]:"

[Note: Albert Barnes has a good commentary on this verse. If you want to read it, click on the link (http://www.godvine.com/bible/philippians/3-20) and scroll down to "Barnes' Notes."]
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